Monday, August 9, 2010

I Did It!

Okay, so I know it's been a loooooooooong time since my last post. Like end of June long time ago. I was supposed to take a few weeks to finish my WIP, but you know how life gets:)

Anyway, I'm super excited/doing flips/shouting from the rooftops giddy because I did it!

I. Finally. Finished. It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right folks, I am out of drafting mode. Done. And let me tell you, it feels ah-may-zing. My CP, Tina Lynn, was IM chatting with me last night while I finished that last chapter and she celebrated with me when I typed "The End." (Poor thing stayed up late so she could be there when I finished!) And being the huge dork that I am, I actually cried. Please don't judge.

So what's next? Well, it's been forever since I even started this thing, so I have a lot of distance between me and the beginning chapters. That means I could take a few days off then start revising (and the lovely Natalie is waiting to read it, but I won't let her until I fix the first part).

Or I can go to plan B. Shiny New Idea. Yep, one of those bad boys has been tickling my subconscious, itching to get put on paper. Not sure which route I'm going yet, but I'll made a decision soon. Right now, I'm celebrating!!!!!!!!

So where are you in your WIPs? And how do you celebrate once you finish the first draft?


  1. Congrats! I usually celebrate with candy.

  2. Congrats to you girl!!! Pop open the bubby!! :)

    My usual reaction to finishing a first draft is to set it aside for at least a couple weeks. I don't even want to look at it. Then the itch slowly returns and I launch into the revision/editng process. But everyone is different.

    YAY again!!

  3. Wooohoo! Congrats! Its the best feeling in the world--isn't it!

  4. Woohoo! Congrats :)

    All celebrations must include chocolate - I believe it's a law :)

  5. Awesome! It's a great feeling, isn't it? Celebrate with a fabulous meal out and some brain candy--whatever that looks like to you (for me, it's Gilmore Girls marathons).

  6. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I went to bed early and missed this!!!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you luv =) So excited!!!! Congrats =D

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh my gosh I'm so excited to have stopped by your blog today!! Sometimes I forget about my favorites (yours being one of them) but time gets the best of me!!! Congratulations again on the achievement! I too cried when I finished my first one, it feels amazing doesn't it!

    Normally if I have any available (not fresh out due to writers block the week before) I have a glass of wine, or eat a jelly bean or two... you know living life on the wild side!!

    Let's see my writing world is currently looking like this - 2 complete novels, 1 resting, 1 being revised, I have three new ideas, 1 is resting, 1 is still not giving up all the info, and the other is being written (well as soon as I'm done with this comment!)

    Happy Monday!

  8. Yeah!! I'm so excited for you! And I was in a responsible writer mood (doesn't happen often) when I Tweeted you about starting your second project.

    Ignore me if you just want to party. According to Stephen King's book ON WRITING he lets a 1st draft sit for 4-6 weeks. Then looks at it fresh again.

    I didn't have time to do that with Tempest but its so long that by the time I get back to the beginning again for the next draft, I haven't seen those chapter for a few weeks.

    So it kinda works.

    If you didn't want to start another story, you could play around with "deleted" scenes. Or I love to write diaries for my characters.

    One you didn't include much background for, or something like that. And there's always queries. . . .

    But great job!!!!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Such an awesome feeling =) In the past, I celebrated by dancing around my house Hugh Grant style in Love Actually. I kid you not...

    I'm in the middle of a new WIP and loving it!

  10. Congratulations!!! Isn't it the best feeling? I've finished my first draft, but haven't completed the "extensive" revisions. :)
    BTW, I love your background! (And I've got you beat on how long it's been since your last post. I haven't posted since March or April. We've been in the middle of a move that just won't finalize!)
    Congrats again!

  11. Awesome news!! I hope to be joining your I'm-out-of-first-draft-land this week, so I'll throw some virtual confetti for the both of us :)

    Good luk with your edits, or with Shiny New Idea!!

  12. That's awesome!! I really enjoyed what I read of Visions and I would love to finish it!! (And, if you recall, I have a hard time with first person present tense - Hunger Games excepted, of course.) But I do think about Visions quite often and wish I knew what happened!!


    Go celebrate your massive achievement! That's fantastic.

    I usually put mine aside for at least two weeks so I can come back and read it again with relatively fresh eyes.

  14. Congratulations!

    I usually celebrate by shopping, reading, and relaxing.

  15. I'm so happy for you and feel very proud.

    I can't wait to read the rest of it!

  16. Congrats it's always an awesome feeling.

    With my first book, I actually got up and danced. With my second book I sighed because I knew how much editing I needed to do.